Category Archives: Food

Dindigul Thalapakatti Restaurant

This review is for their restaurant at ECR (the same complex as the Dominos pizza)
We were two families who visited for dinner quite late after watching a movie at Mayajaal. The time must have been around 10:15PM. When we entered, there were a few people having food.
We were not informed of the closing time, no indication that things might not be available in about 15-20 minutes from then.
When we started to order, things were ok. We wanted to order more, we were informed that they are not available. ‘Closing time’ !!!!!
Kal Dosa-NO, Normal Dosa -NO, Desserts-NO ! The manager should have seen this coming and informed us in advance that they would close soon and not screw up our dinner half way.
The food was tasty, no doubt, BUT I felt the quantity was attrocious for the price. We ordered 2 Chicken koththu parottas, and I was not eating it for the first time. That is one of my favorite items..It was so little that I ate both ! Wanted to order another one for my son, Same ‘NO’ again !!
Overall Good Food, Bad experience !

Masala Kart 2013

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Masala Kart 2013, a set on Flickr.

A street food festival in Chennai that was on 02nd-04th August 2013 in Island Grounds. The event was overall good and my friend and I managed to taste quite a few dishes and loved it. The stalls were selling food from all over India ! It was definitely expensive. Going by the price, it is not even close to street food. It was street food with star prices.

Pizza Republic

First visit to Pizza Republic @ Taramani ! A decent experience.
Ambience – Quite ok, a bit deserted so kinda felt odd all alone with my son at 03:45PM, otherwise ok..
A chicken Supreme pizza with Multi-grain crust – Wonderful! Juicy, crunchy fresh toppings – onion, capsicum, Jalapenos, and Chicken !
A chicken Taco – so so. It was too flimsy..couldnt pick and eat without it falling off..didnt quite enjoy it as much.
A Chicken Burrito – Awesome! nice flavor and taste..loved it.

Visited Adambakkam outlet in a few days, ambience was better than Taramani, more spacious and the pizzas were wonderful, burrito was not as good as Taramani. Β Overall, this pizza place is decent.

if you look at it expense-wise, I still think the ‘Buy one- Get one’ offer in Domino’s on Wednesdays will beat this hands down ! Β 2 Large Pizzas for around Rs 550 is a steal for the quality you get at Dominos.

Kryptos By Willi


Went with family for dinner and as always the food was excellent. One Veg mezze platter for two, a baked chicken roll for starters. Yummy. One paneer skewer, a chicken and cheese kebab and one chicken with garlic something with pilaf rice for main course..overall excellent food..Last time remember chicken and cheese kebabs came with potato wedges, this time it was rice…anyways good food…

Again same as last time, would like to point out the AC was not how I expected it to be..it was suffocating at times..had to tell them twice to reduce the temp. to make it cooler…

Had a 20% off coupon from the Pizzarazzi contest, so made use of it this time.

Kryptos remains one of our favorite places in Chennai ! Would definitely visit again and recommend it to friends.

Visited June 2013

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Cream Centre


We were two families with kids and we went to this place for Dinner. Since we did not have a prior reservation, we were asked to wait. After about 15 minutes, our names were called. Until then, the small play area kept the kids busy.
The menu was very impressive with a good choice of food. The photographs on the menu were even more tempting. Overall, the food was very good, not a smallest complaint. I’m not going into each of them, but my photos may be able to convey how it was.
What I felt was lacking was proactive service. The tables were not cleared as and when we finished starters, food and drinks. So we literally had no place on the table when the waiter showed up with two sizzlers in his hands. So I had to jump out and remove the plates and make place for them. That should have been done by them. It was very difficult to get an eye contact with any waiter, even a shout wouldn’t get them to your table. A reluctant service was disappointing.
Otherwise everything was fine and we had a nice evening. I would go there again and definitely recommend it to friends.

Visited May 2013

Spoonbill

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Spoonbill, a set on Flickr.

Myself and my friend dropped in for a quick lunch and were impressed. The ambience was classy and the place was well-airconditioned and welcoming.

This is a self-service joint, and they have the pagers/beepers which is trendy and comfortable. You do not have to keep watching if your food is ready, instead feel relaxed. You also get a free wifi if your bill amount is over 500 I think. That was good.

The food was great ! We ordered Chicken Buritos and Lamb Keema Pav and both of them were good. It was a combo with a drink. That was ok too.

One of the very trendy places which doesn’t compromise on the customer comfort. I would definitely visit again !

Visited April 2013

Tadka Talk

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tadka talk, a set on Flickr.

My second review for the same place, this time we went for the Sunday Brunch. Again a very nice feeling overall.
As we entered, the restaurant manager warmly welcomed us and helped us get seated.
The gol-guppa/pani-puri was good. The appetizers/starters were very good except the chilly bajji which was toooo hot. I went with the usual impression that it is either bajji chilli/molaga or the one treated in tamarind water to make it less hot, but it was neither. Took a while to get my tongue back to normal. There were six gravies, all tasted good, mixed vegetable, dal makhni, and panneer were very tasty. Buter roti and naan were served on the table, quite quick and fast service. There was the other section with cold dahi chats, juices, desserts. Too full to taste the chat, had a berry juice, it was good. Gulab jamun was very good. Kids and myself got tattoo painting done and it was some extra fun after food. Mr. and Mrs. Arora as usual were there to say a hello and enquire if everything was ok and that personal touch is definitely a USP for this place.
I would definitely go back again and recommend it to friends.

Visited May 2013

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Ooty food clicks

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Ooty food clicks, a set on Flickr.

Most of these clicks are from The Gateway Hotel, Coonoor where we had dinner on 17th May 2013, on my Birthday πŸ˜›
The restaurant was good, food was also good and a nice buffet spread. A memorable dinner overall.

The Pav Bhaaji photos that you see in this collection are from The Garden Cafe, Ooty. This is my review about this place.

We were two families and we visited here after sight-seeing around 5:30PM for some snacks. We actually went to Sidewalk Cafe and that was opening only at 06:30PM, hence opted for the coffee shop in the same complex.

The place was good, a small lawn outside with chairs, colorful flowers, the ambience was also good.

The food was a mixed bag –
Paper Dosa was good, we ordered two, the waiter mentioned that it was really big and asked us to have a look at the first and order a second one if needed. That was nice advice, really appreciated.
Sanwiches/Toast – Cheese and Chilly toast was very good, similarly the cheest toast was good too..
Chat was very average. Bhelpuri was so so and Pav Bhaji was very average.

Overall, a decent place, nothing very special.

Visited May 2013

The Pasta Bar Veneto


Had been to this place for dinner with family (2 adults and 2 kids, aged 7 and 2).
The place was easy to spot on Burkit road, T-nagar. They said Valet parking was available, but couldnt find anyone to take the keys. So parked it myself. Lucky to find a spot.
As we entered, on the first look, ambience was quite good. We were well-received, found a table immediately and the service was also good. Saturday evening and I expected it to be more crowded, but it wasnt !
The food was overall very good, except G3 (Chicken breast filled with minced chicken..blah blah). It was definitely not hot. The chicken was harder than what I expected. Not very bad taste-wise though. I wouldnt order that again πŸ™‚ Starters and desserts were very good. Other main courses were yummy..D11 and E3…You’ll find these codes on the menu..easier this way than the actual name πŸ˜‰
It is not very pricey, BUT, the portions are small, definitely not enough for a good eater.
Overall a very decent place and good food. I will definitely visit again and recommend it to friends.

Visited April 2013

Pizzarazzi photography contest


First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank the organizers – ‘Chennai Food Guide’ and ‘Tuscana at Chamiers’ for a wonderful opportunity to photograph pizzas and in addition to that, eat yummy pizzas. πŸ™‚
Having been to Kryptos by Willi a few times, I expected this level of hospitality from Vipin Sachdev and team, and truly they lived upto it. Hats off.
All the arrangements were taken care of very well. Overall it was a nice and enjoyable experience to take part in a contest like this, and my first attempt at food photography πŸ™‚
Date/Venue – April 9 2013 4:00 PM Onwards at Tuscana on Chamiers